Press Releases

May 022006

Government Pressed to Defend Medical Marijuana Policies with Sound Science or Face Federal Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 02, 2006 4:00 AM

(Tuesday, May 2 – Washington, DC) – Lawyers on behalf of thousands of cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain and other patients today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding a response to their petition filed 18 months ago claiming that the government’s policies on medical marijuana are in violation of the Data Quality Act (DQA).

Apr 282006

Hinchey Leads Bipartisan House Coalition In Calling For FDA - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 28, 2006 4:00 AM

One week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a baseless, one page press release claiming that marijuana had no medical benefits, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) led a bipartisan group of 24 House members in calling on the agency to explain its reasoning and show scientific proof to support its view.

Apr 192006

DEA and Sacramento PD Raid in Progress! - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 19, 2006 4:00 AM
DEA and Sacramento PD Raid in Progress!
If you are in the area, join the protest at Capitol Alternatives - 2020 16th Street, Sacramento
Apr 112006

Emeryville Pays Spinal Injury Patient $15,000 for Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 11, 2006 4:00 AM

Emeryville, CA -- James Blair, a spinal injury patient arrested on marijuana cultivation charges in 2003, received a check today from the City of Emeryville for $15,000 for marijuana seized by the Emeryville Police Department. Assisted by the patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Blair received one of the largest cash settlements to date in a case of wrongful police action in regard to medical marijuana.

Mar 142006

DEA Raids Small Medical Marijuana Collective - Puts Patient in Hospital - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 14, 2006 3:00 AM

Palm Desert, CA – Despite assertions from federal officials that they would not be going after medical marijuana patients or small cooperatives, DEA agents, along with Riverside County Sheriff's officers, this morning raided a small medical marijuana collective cultivation outside of Palm Desert that had recently been pictured in the press, injuring a 53 year old medical marijuana patient.

Feb 222006

Leader of Medical Marijuana Co-op Wins Evidentiary Hearing - Americans for Safe Access

  • February 22, 2006 3:00 AM

WHAT:Evidentiary hearing for Dustin Costa, leader of the Merced Patients Group, before JudgeAnthony W.

Jan 242006

Medical Marijuana Patients Serve San Diego Supervisors a Taste of their Own Medicine - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 24, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN DIEGO - The American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Safe Access and the Drug Policy Alliance announced today that they would intervene in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors' federal lawsuit against the State of California. The Supervisors' lawsuit seeks to overturn California's Compassionate Use Act, which permits patients to use, and doctors to recommend, medical marijuana under the explicit protection of state law. The group plans to file a motion to intervene in federal court on behalf of medical marijuana patients and their doctors by the end of the day.

Jan 102006

San Francisco Officials Fume Over DEA Raid on HopeNet - Americans for Safe Access

  • January 10, 2006 3:00 AM

What: Press conference of elected officials and others to honor recent victims of DEA raids on Medical Marijuana clinics, followed by Medical Marijuana compassionate giveaway to members who receive weekly marijuana free of charge from HopeNet.

Jan 102006


  • January 10, 2006 3:00 AM

SAN DIEGO -- Medical marijuana advocates will be demonstrating today at 12 noon to rally together speakers to testify at the San Diego Board of Supervisors meeting at 2 pm. They will be exhorting the Supervisors to drop their plans to sue the state in their effort to overturn California's medical marijuana law.